Nic Bovee

Husband, Father, and Solver of Problems.

# blog

Creating a Fibonacci finder in Rust

Sat May 01 2021

I'm learning Rust as a way to sharpen my skills as a developer and push into some areas that I don't normally get to deal with in my web applications.

I'm reading using The Rust Programming Language as my study guide, and one of the first exercises they suggest doing is implementing a Fibonacci finder.

The Fibonacci Sequence, as I understand it, is a logarithmic pattern often observed in nature where each number in the sequence is the sum of the two numbers preceding it. For example the first 10 numbers in the sequence would be:

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21

Anyway, I wanted to implement a recursive function to find the number at the nth place in the sequence so I came up with this:

``````fn get_next_fib(nth: u32, start: u128, next: u128) -> u128 {
if nth != 0 {
get_next_fib(nth - 1, next, start + next)
} else {
next
}
}
``````

If Rust allowed default args in their functions I would have defaulted the `start` and `next` args as `0` and `1` but I had to use a wrapper like this instead:

``````fn get_fib(n: u32) -> u128 {
if n < 3 {
(n - 1).into()
} else {
get_next_fib(n - 2, 0, 1)
}
}
``````

This method allows me to generate the 187th number (The largest Fibonacci number that can be stored as an unsigned 128-bit integer) in around 14000 nanoseconds.

I'm sure this is pretty slow implementation, but I thought it was a pretty clean solution.

TIL my 100vw needs a max-width

Mon Jan 25 2021

TL;DR; If you want an element to be full screen and it's inside of a parent element that is full screen, use `width:100%` instead of `width:100vw` to avoid the scrollbar sized white space

I'm not sure how I haven't come across this,or if I have, I don't remember. I was working on a layout and had a `position: absolute;` div, and I wanted it to be the width of the screen. I reached into my tool box of css and grabbed my trusty `width:100vh;`, but after I applied the style, I noticed an odd white bar on the right hand side of the screen.

This is actually "a feature, not a bug", and it has everything to do with the scroll bar on the right side of the screen. Since the scrollbar is covering up the right 5px of the screen, when you tell the browser that you want your block to be the width of the screen, it thinks it's stealing those 5px away from your design and in response gives you an extra 5px that you can scroll to.

A couple options I see are to apply a global rule to the body such as:

``````max-width: 100%;
overflow: hidden;
``````

Although this will leave you with some other problems down the road when items inside your `100vw` block seem a little too close to the right side of the screen.

A better option would be to set the max width of the block to `100%` or even better, just use `width:100%`

Wordpress Safari Date Field Polyfill

Tue Jan 19 2021

TL; DR; This is a plugin that includes the date-input-polyfill package to provide a picker for browsers that do not support date inputs such as Safari 13.1.

Working on a site that uses Elementor, I noticed that their date picker element doesn't work on Safari 13.1 and decided to see if there were any polyfills out there for the date input field. I came across the date-input-polyfill package which seemed to fit the bill and bundled it into a simple plugin you can download here.

UPDATE: After going through the process of testing this out further, I noticed a "Native HTML5" option in the Elementor date field. Elementor has already solved this problem for me haha đź¤¦â€Ťâ™‚ď¸Ź.

But in case I ever run into a situation where I need to make a HTML5 date picker cross-browser ready, I have the plugin for the job.

Dangerous "As" â€“ Typescript

Thu Dec 17 2020

## TL;DR

Do This:

``````const car: Car = someObj
``````

Not This:

``````const car: Car = someObj as Car
``````

Or This:

``````const car: Car = <Car>someObj
``````

## I'm still pretty new to Typescript,

and until today I thought that I should type my objects this way:

``````const car = {
color: "RED",
drivetrain: "AWD",
} as Car

interface Car {
color: string
drivetrain: "AWD" | "2WD" | "4WD"
}
``````

It wasn't until I was seeing undefined property errors that I decided to take a look at what the "as" keyword is actually doing here. Up until this point, I thought that what I was doing was typing `const car` to the interface `Car`. What the `as` keyword actually does, is forces whatever object I'm defining into that type.

What makes this dangerous, is that when you typecast an object like this, the compiler will not warn you of missing properties and will give you a false sense of security because you're not seeing compilation errors. For example, this will still compile even though we didn't include a color property:

``````const car = {
drivetrain: "AWD",
} as Car

interface Car {
color: string
drivetrain: "AWD" | "2WD" | "4WD"
}
``````

With this in mind here's the code above written in a type-safe way:

``````const car: Car = {
color: "RED",
drivetrain: "AWD",
}

interface Car {
color: string
drivetrain: "AWD" | "2WD" | "4WD"
}
``````
How to find available IP addresses when DHCP isn't working (Guide for Macs)

Wed Dec 16 2020

I needed to set my laptop to a static ip because the router's DHCP service wasn't issuing me one regardless of how many times I renewed it. I found this Stack Exchange Article that featured a really handy terminal command:

``````ifconfig | grep broadcast && arp -a
``````

This produces a list of all devices (and their IPs) that respond to the broadcast. My network was pretty small, and the IPs are in order so you can find a gap that doesn't seem to have a device and try it out.

Vegan Szechuan Celery Squash

Sat Sep 12 2020

A delicious alternative to the Szechuan Eggplant I love to order that answers the question: "What do I do with all of this celery?"

Ingredients:

• 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
• 1 Tbsp Walnut Oil
• 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
• 1/2 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
• 2 Tbsp Fresh Grated Ginger (Divided)
• 4 Cloves Garlic (Divided)
• 2 Tbsp Corn Starch
• 6 Stalks of Celery 4 stalks diced, 2 stalks sliced diagonally
• 2 Large Carrots
• 1/8 cup Dark Soy Sauce
• 1/8 cup Light Soy Sauce
• 2 TBSP Maple Syrup
• 1/2 cup frozen peas

### Phase 1 Preparation

• Heat sesame oil over high heat until shimmering.
• Add two peeled and crushed cloves of garlic, 1 Tbsp grated ginger and stir and cook until garlic is blackened.
• Add walnut oil and diced celery, sliced squash, and sliced carrots to pan to stir fry.

### Prepare Sauce

• With a whisk or immersion blender add red pepper flakes, 2 cloves of minced garlic, light and dark soy sauce, maple syrup, coconut oil, and corn starch. Mix thoroughly.

### Combine

• When the squash is soft from stir frying for approx. 8-10 minutes, add the sauce mixture and sliced celery to the pan. Stir until all veggies are thoroughly coated with sauce.
ThreeSixty

Sat Sep 12 2020

Today I did a weird and silly thing.

Seasons

Thu Sep 10 2020

For several years now, I have observed a tendency in myself. I go through seasons of incredible motivation and seasons of an incredible lack of motivation. It sounds like it could be Bipolar disorder, though I don't think I can really diagnose this in myself. Besides, I'm not convinced that it's something worth knowing for sure. I did think it would be interesting to use the blog as a little bit of an experiment. Blogging daily no matter how big or small is something I believe I should be able to do as long as I stay motivated. I believe that the amount of content I put fourth on my blog may serve as an indicator of the kinds of mood cycles I got through, and may also be useful for for someone diagnosing me in the future.

Creating a CSS Garden

Wed Sep 09 2020

I've always wanted to have a simple test bed for trying out new CSS, and recently heard of this concept of the "digital garden." I finally created a place on my site where I can create cool things, and try new CSS.

Tue Sep 08 2020

Some stories I tell myself:

"This automated task is going to take a while, I guess I can watch this quick video, or browse reddit while I wait."

"I can leave this video on while I work, it's nice to have something to listen to."

"This content is educational."

Some better stories:

"This automated task is going to take a while, I guess it's time to find a low-overhead task to complete in the mean time."

"If I can leave this video on while I work, I'm accepting that the work I'm doing isn't very valuable, and neither is the video."

"This work is educational."

Shipping Art

Mon Sep 07 2020

I'm 6 days into my "Sacred September", and here are a few of the things I'm implementing into my life:

• 90% Vegan diet
• Lower than 1% processed sugars diet.
• Awake before 6.
• Asleep before 11.
• Journal every day.
• Create something every day.
• Cold showers.
• Run every morning.
• Reduced meaningless phone usage.
• Leave phone behind.

Each one of these has been fairly consistent with a few slip ups here and there. What I'm finding is that in spite of a heavy lack of motivation that I've been feeling for the last 2-3 months. I'm not sure which of the above items is most responsible for these emotional changes I'm feeling but I can say that in my life taking cold showers has been a common thread for me during seasons of positive change. If Steven Pressfield is right, by taking a cold shower every day I stand on the battle field every morning and face the resistance of experiencing the cold water. That iota of victory over the resistance takes a toll on my psychology and reminds me that I have to fight this same resistance in other areas of my life.

As part of my creative output, I have been thinking a lot about this site. Diving back into some Seth Godin, I was reminded of this idea of blogging every day as a way to ship art. I'm not sure blogging every day is in the cards for me as a new dad with a full time job and moonlighting code-slinger, but I do like the idea of getting back into producing something creative on a regular basis. For me that was what my "Sacred September" was all about.

If it's anything like my previous attempts at a regularly scheduled blog creative endeavor, I know that the first one is the easiest. We shall see if I fall victim to the resistance in the future.

Quickbooks documentation did not work for me, but this did.

Sun Apr 05 2020

## The Problem

In Quickbooks Enterprise 2019 I could start in Single-user mode, but if I tried to start in multi-user I could not. I ran through every single utility in the QBTool kit to no avail.

When I scanned for the company file in the QB database utility, I'd get a message the QBDBMgrN was not running. In services.msc, the two main Quickbooks services would not start even after setting them all to keep trying after all consecutive failures. I also reconstructed the file.

My firewall ports were fine.

After reading this article from Quickbooks, and trying all of the recommendations, I resorted to uninstalling the application.

This still didn't work. I kept getting the same exact error when I tried to switch to multi-user mode. I realized that I had a bunch of Quickbooks files left over even after uninstalling so I deleted all of the files in:

``````C:\ProgramData\Intuit
C:\Program Files x86\Intuit
C:\Users\\$userprofile\AppData\Temp\Intuit
``````

Deleted all qb users on the server.

After reinstalling this still didn't work.

# The solution:

Uninstall with Revo Uninstaller. Use the advanced scan to check the registry and nuke all of the leftover QB garbage. Then reinstall the app. Hopefully this helps someone out.

## Related errors

Error 6175,0 QuickBooks was unable to back up your company file

Fat Cat

Fri Feb 03 2017

I would definitely like to spend some more time getting the shadows to look better. I definitelyÂ like the concept.

A professional cameraman's tips on choosing gear.

Fri Feb 03 2017

I happened to be in the right place at the right time to meet a cameraman working for a local new station.Â During this fortuitous encounter, I got to ask a few questions about his gear, and tips.

Camera choice: Panasonic GH5

While he was fairly adamant about Sony fs5 and fs7 being great for the professional, he was just as passionate about the GH5 as an option for professionals and enthusiasts.

Why? It's an affordable mirrorlessÂ camera that shoots 4k. He got into the technical details, but I'm not even going to try to discuss what advantages and disadvantages there are to the camera. I did learn a bit about the MFT (Micro Four-thirds) system, which is very intriguing and gave me some insight on the varying specs across the board.

### Tip 1: Buy used on Lens Authority.

I had never heard of them before, butÂ if you're looking for a way to buy a camera on the cheap and don't like eBay, this is a good place to go.

### Tip 2: Use a white balance cardÂ and adjustable light panelsÂ to get the right temperature for your shots.

When I walked in the room, I felt like I was stepping onto a TV set, because I was. The bright LED panels made all of the difference and are one of the reasons television looks more professional. I always associated temperature with theÂ weather, but in film-making, it means a whole lot more. Understanding temperature and making the appropriate lighting adjustments is crucial for getting a professional look. The white balance card lets you adjust the lighting to be conducive for the best shot by showing you a perfect white vs a reflective white that picks up other colors.

### Tip 3: Check out Philip Bloom

He's a great resource for learning about what gear to use, and how to become a better filmmaker.

These may be extremely basic tips, but for me, they were all new and very helpful as an inexperiencedÂ filmmaker.

Hydro blast

Thu Feb 02 2017

## If you know me, you probably know that I love HydroflaskÂ and use their bottles to keep my thirst quenchedÂ and my mind PUMPED. Today's design is a tribute to my love with a loud retro colors scheme that I hope will punch your eyeballs in a good way.

Mahlkonig Grinder

Wed Feb 01 2017

For the month of February, I'mÂ uploading a daily design to sharpen my skills.

**Why?Â **Lately, I've been coding ALOT. I love working that part of my brain, but I've been missing spending time in illustrator just making stuff.

I'll upload stuff for clients or for personal projects, but the point is I'm forcing myself to ship something.

Today's design is inspired by the really niceÂ Mahlkonig EK43 Grinder I sit across from all day every day at the coffee shop I work out of. It's truly a beautiful piece of machinery and I had a blast making this really simple side profile illustration of it. I included all of my revisions to show the thought process as I moved towards the finish. I started with basic shapes and moved through various iterations until I came to something acceptable.

How to fall asleep when your mind won't stop running.

Wed Feb 01 2017

I've been up since 5. It's 12 pm andÂ I've got 5 more hours before I have to get up and do the whole thing over again.

• No,Â I didn't drink too much coffee.
• Yes, the room is dark and free of clutter.
• Yes, I've tried breathing exercises.
• Yes, I've tried counting down in a linear fashion from 1000(actually this method usually helps me out a lot).
• Yes, I have two cats that wait until 12 to sprint around the house and knock everything over.
• No, I haven't checked social media even once today.(Â This has been something I've been working on since September)

Despite my knowledge of late-night snacks being a terrible decision (really tired people do this to avoid drinking water), Â I'm hunched over my kitchen counter pounding the keys on my computer while eating a bowl of ramen and pita chips. So what's my problem?

The Problem: Tomorrow's grass looks greener than today's grass.

I'm excited for tomorrow.Â It's like being a kid on Christmas Eve. When you start to realize the opportunitiesÂ you have, and you are inspired to do something about them, you just feel the need to start creating things. I dabble in a ton of different creative mediums so it can feel almost overwhelming to consider all of the possibilities for my day. At the same time, I'm **stressedÂ **because I have a ton of other stuff going on that needs my attention.

### Here are the two ways to solve this problem:

1. Blog, journal, whatever floats that boat and lets you plug into your creative outlet. â€“ I have discovered that I can usually end up with more sleep if I just knock this one out. Rather than trying to bore yourself to sleep by reading Don Quixote, or counting sheep,Â try creating something.
2. Acknowledge and write down your expectations for tomorrow. â€“ If you're tracking with me so far on the super eagerness for tomorrow, then I think this tip is really helpful. Take a sec to write down the 5 things you want to see happen tomorrow. I feel like it's a way to give myself permission to sleep and let tomorrow worry about itself.

Here's my 10:

1. Finish the algorithms section of freecodecamp.com
2. Create and share my first design for my new month resolution of 28 days of graphic design.
3. Create a basic user flow sheet for the new ghettifishÂ site.
4. Get my client work knocked out early in the day.
5. Follow up with everyone I'm working with.

That's it. Stupidly simple, and yet I feel like somebody lifted a uhaulÂ truck off of me.

night.

Questions for someone who moved to Alaska

Thu Dec 15 2016

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# Hi it's Nic.

As always with my on-again-off-again style of maintaining this blog Â I'm now back at it again with a new post.Â I'm eager to get back to writing and feel like I've been telling myself the classic story of "too busy: a procrastinators tale"Â over and over again for the past month and a half now.

I'm structuring this post a little differently than my previous posts. I absolutely cannot afford to give myself the 1-2 hours I usually take to write the blog and ship the blog. Because of this I've decided to create a time constraint and a subject constraint to help me communicate as much as possible with as little text as needed.

Today's blog is brought to you by my good friend Todd Anderson who (without realizing it) reminded me that people out there care and want to know how we are doing with the newly married life, Alaska living, and all of the other crazinessÂ that comes with life transitions. He asked a few questions that I feel necessitated a proper response. There are so many people out there who have supported both of us through this transition and soÂ I feel like I owe it to everyone to give you somewhat of an update. I'm giving myself 30-mins. to write it. Â Here we go:

## How are you?

This is a question I get asked almost every single day, and I think the "canned messages" center of my brain is probably tired of handing out the typical "I'm fine" or "I'm great" responses. My honest to goodness answer when I consider all of the aspects that matter in my life is that it just depends on the day of the week. Dani and I have adjusted well to married life (although I know there's work on my end to be the man that she needs). Because I'm a new business owner, my mind puts me in a valley in between the: "I'm going nowhere with my life and should probably just work at Starbucks for the rest of my life" and "This is scary but I can really make something of this business if I really go for it." I think stress bleeds through from this aspect of everything into the rest of my life. Overall things are peachy and I couldn't be happier to be living with Dani in such a beautiful and dark place of the world.

## How's work?

Ever since March, I have been pushing harder than ever to build my business into this "dream job" I had envisioned when I started the thing off. It's been 9 months now and I feel like I'm at the place I wanted to be in two weeks when I started. It's been a personal journey more than anything else and it has been anything but a stable typical job. It's the "starving artist" lifestyle with the freedom, experiences, pain, and joy that come along for the ride.

## Community?

The community in Anchorage is cool. I think something I noticed early on that I really appreciate is that it blends a city with the wildness that occupies the outlying territory. There are ton's of college kids all super focused on their studies, and at the same time you have people who are working their butts off to come up with something that will stabilize the economy now that the oil industry is not as great for AK as it used to be. Dani and I are apart of the Alaska Chamber Singers which has given us a really cool view inside of some lives that have been here for over 50 years. It's really amazing to hear some of the history told from someone else's perspective and then get to look around and imagine how different the territory was when they got here.

## Friends?

Dani and I both were really nervous about this when we left. Moving 3000+ miles away from everyone you know, to a place where you only two people is something that neither of us could fully grasp. At first it was just us. On days when one of us would be at home alone we would both experience homesickness and constantly dwell on everything we left. It was out of desperation one Sunday morning that I went and visited a church that happens to be a block away from where we live. It was here that I met most of the people we have grown very close to in a short period of time. I was invited to workout with the group and I just feel like the Father has been answering prayers and needs within my heart left and right.

Don't wait... CREATE

Fri Oct 07 2016

# You probably don't feel ready.

### No one ever is.

#### Most people wait toÂ "be creative" because they are holding outÂ for the perfect idea, the polished final product, or the right time to come along. Â Creative peopleÂ most of the populationÂ refer to as "original" aren't doing it by chance. These are people who got inspired by their heros and made something that they thought their heroes would make.Â Eventually they discover their own blend of creativityÂ and that's where the magic happens.

Two thoughts:

#### Use those influences toÂ mix and create your own thing.

1. Don't judge it, and let it fly before it's ready.

#### In this way you give the world the greatest gift: a part of your unique identity and interests.

If you are the type of person who wants to be creative (you are and just don't know it yet),Â _I strongly encourage you to check out the book [Steal Like an Artist](https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761169253/ref=asli_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0761169253&linkCode=as2&tag=ghettifish-20&linkId=af6268e776076d6163a270c5d9e0d1f8).

BTW, the new episode of Tread Wonder is up!

Tread Wonder-Part 1: Goodbye

Fri Sep 30 2016

# Â Tread Wonder Episode 1 is here!

#### We I'm so excited to finally have this ready for people to look at. Dani and I have had a marvelous time since we left and we are continuing our adventures everyday.

It's hard to believe it's almost been **two months **since Dani and I got married and moved to AK. We've had so much fun and have appreciated the support from everyone who has joined us in the process.

We are so excited to be sharing our first episode of _Tread Wonder _with you today!

I hope you enjoy and share with people you think could also enjoy it.

We have a name picked

Fri Sep 23 2016

My wife (Still getting used to saying this after a month of being married) and I have been working for a while now on coming up with a name for our vlog.

We've been filming our experiences since we started the process of getting married and moving to Alaska. The goal of this vlog is to remind us of how much joy you can find in everyday life if you are looking for it, and to inspire people along the way. Getting married and making the jump to Alaska when neither of us have ever lived out of the state felt huge, but it is turning out to be the best decision we've ever made.

## Today I'm excited to announce that we have a name, and aÂ logo.

Two words.

"Wonder" happens within every single person on the planet if we let it. Dani and I are tasked with searching the planet Â to find new bits of it in our everyday lives. We are both so excited to finally be getting into sharing some of the experiences we've had together with everyone who has been so supportive in making the transition happen. I'm hoping to have the first episode completely finished by the next time I publish my blog and will be posting the link everywhere including our instagram profile: @treadwonder

## The best part:

### SinceÂ the first episode isn't 100% ready, we thought the least we could do is share our intro sequence with you.

Trading media for time

Fri Sep 16 2016

# Today marks three weeksÂ of my Month Minus Media.

On the 25th of August I pledged to unplug from social media for a month.

Since I made this change I've been able to look atÂ my schedule and see 2 hours everyÂ day spent doing things that provide value to others. Where I would normallyÂ fill in: "watched YouTube", orÂ "looked at Facebook".

I spent on averageÂ 14 hours a week minimum on activities as a consumer of media. At this rate by the age of 80 (if I even get to live that long) I wouldÂ have spent 5 years of my life consuming media online.

Our time SHOULDÂ be the most valuable thingÂ in our lives, but it isn't.

Worldly resources, whether or not they areÂ valuable in monetary form always lose their value when their owner runs out of time. Worldly resources are always available to those who do what needs to be done to acquire them but there is no way to buy more time.

## Social Media is special makeup for humans like you and me who want to knowÂ we're accepted.

In order to be accepted we create clothing made from only the best parts of our reality. WeÂ donÂ them as we casually stroll down the streets of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It gives us a place to see all sorts of people. It helps us find out where (we think) we stand in ourÂ hierarchy of life.

Are you in a better position than they are?

Are you in a worse position?

Everyone wants to know where they fit into their world.

AtÂ the cost of the only thing in your life that isÂ truly valuable, you can find out too.

Is it new, or is it you?

Fri Sep 09 2016

## Moving to a new place is weird. Everything that is new to you is just part of the territory.

My first day in AlaskaÂ people were cutting me off over and over again. I thought: "This is new for me, Alaska is wild. People must drive like this because that's the territory". When I brought this up to a local at the store,Â  they told me: "That isn't a quality of an Alaskan, that's the quality of a jerk who's in a hurry".

Through the lens of the untrained beholder everything is accepted as a native part of the environment. Through that lens everything stands out, thus nothing stands out.

Whenever we learnÂ something new, we tryÂ to recognize patterns to help us discern the normal from the abnormal.Â Through the eyes of aÂ beginnerÂ there are no challenges, just uncharted territory.Â When it comes to our lives, we use everyone else's life to build our patterns. We gage our positionÂ based on where we think everyone else is.

Our life is now familiar territory. Everything new that we face is something that WEÂ have to "deal with". "How could this happen to me?" and "My life sucks" Â have become the anthem that we gladly sing any time we have the chance.

TheÂ alternative is to live as someone who has never experienced life before. That person couldÂ glide over the same territory the rest of us trudged through, unknowingly conquering that which was deemed impossible by everyone else.

Why I need to subtract

Fri Sep 02 2016

# -Dieter Rams

In english: "Less, but better"

Build small,Â then refine.

"Not enough" is a state of mind

fabricated by those who sell "more".

## "Better, in less time".

Groove in life, and don't let it get "thrown off"

Thu Sep 01 2016

## It's tough to pickup a groove.

Rhythm can be heard or writtenÂ into music, the musician is responsible for getting in a groove.

There is no way to describe the groove, and the only way you know you where inÂ it is when it's thrown off. Grooves help the musician make decisions without having to think too much.

### FourÂ things that get meÂ intoÂ my "groove":

1. **No Media. -Â **This hasn't been something I've always been specifically conscious of. I recently hadÂ the realization that I'm a media addict. Eliminating media and primarily shifting my mentality from "consumer" to "contributor" has given me a very black and white code to live by.

1. **Consistent Delivery-Â **I found small things to deliver on in the morning. For myself it's getting a brief work out in. Since I've been married, I have found that making breakfast and lunch before taking her to work is also something that I can be consistent on. It sets the tone for my day and pulls me into "my groove".

1. **Timing-Â **I have a monkey brain and find it hard to concentrate sometimes. When I set a time for myself I'm creating an estimate for how long I think something will take. With the time ticking down it's hard to get off track. I'm a big believer in using time rather than spending it.

1. **Recording-Â **Time just like money should be tracked and managed in order to effectively harness the power that comes with it. That's why I record my time to look back and see what I did. No one likes to look back on a day and say: "Where did my day go?" No one likes to look at their bank account and say "I wonder what I spent it all on?"

It's not a perfect groove by any means but these are very small things I've noticed over the year when I've been operating at peak performance.

### My groove

It's day 6 of my "Month Minus Media" and I finally feel like I'm getting used to ignoring it. I've been very close to hopping on YouTube, or checking Facebook, but so far I'm staying strong.

This morning for the first time I pulledÂ myself out of bed at a time I amÂ relatively proud of: 6am. It gave me enough time to get a quick workout in and make a good breakfast for my wife and I.

As a result, I'm feeling amped today and excited to tackle my first project of the day: Goals for September.

Getting in the groove is easier when you aren't watching everyone else's grooves.

Perhaps tomorrow my groove will wakeÂ me up even earlier.

Day 5

Wed Aug 31 2016

Day 5 and I've slacked a little on writing posts everyday.

My last post discussed a schedule that I would like to adhere to in order to get into a routine. The day I wrote that was the day I went to pick Dani up at 1am. Needless to say "Wake up at 4:45" became a dream.

I have been keeping up with a regular exercise regimen which has been beneficial. My next step is creating a habit of charting out my day.

I've been reading the book SCRUM which has taught me a ton of interesting info about how people especially teams work together to get things done. I've been using this knowledge to create "sprints" for myself through out the day.

Example:

Sprint objective: Write wordpress post that can be read.

Time: 10 minutes

Completed?: Yes.

Another Day

Sun Aug 28 2016

Feeling better today with getting more into the swing of not constantly looking at media all day. I'm interested to see what this will do on my work week.

Yesterday I thought about the importance of routine. I'd like to make part of my daily blog a report on exactly how that routine works.

## Proposed routine

• 4:45am - Rise and shine, make the bed, drink Water
• 5am - Run for 15 minutes, upper body work out for 10 minutes. Cool down walk for 5 minutes
• 5:30am - Read the bible/pray
• 5:45am - Cold Shower
• 6 am - Day plan blocks for the day. These blocks must result in something that someone ineteractsÂ with.
• 6:45am - Start breakfast
• 7:15am - get Dani up
• 7:45am - eat breakfast
• 8:15am - Check email and get to Inbox 0
• 8:45am - Get everything together, take Dani to work.
• 9:15am - arrive at coffee shop/Start Block 1
• 10:15am - Start Block 2
• 11:15am - Start Block 3
• 12:15pm- Head home for lunch
• 12:45pm- Head back to work
• 1pm- Start block 4
• 2pm- Start block 5
• 3pm- Start block 6
• 3:30pm - Pick Dani up
• 4pm - Start block 7
• 5pm- Make Dinner
• 6:30pm - Start block 8
• 7:30pm - Review The day's sprint
• 8:00pm - Done with computer, switch to reading/cleaning/ anything else.
• 9:00pm - Bedtime

In theory this should work great but things always come up so it's important to leave some blocks open until later in the day.

I'm looking into the scrum method and seeing if there is any way to implement this into my life even though I am just one individual. Went to a new church today. Great people. Might have made a few friends.

No Content Found

Sat Aug 27 2016

First day out and I'm not good at this. I can tell already I'm going through withdrawal from all of the distractions I'm used to filling my time with.

I desperately look for things to fill my time with to avoid being productive on anything that matters. Articles, books doodling, whatever it takes to keep me from doing the work.

I ignored my alarm clock and slept till 8. Went for a walk. It's now 10:30 and I'm sitting down to start working. My goal today is to finish one of the most stressful and large project I've ever taken on.

I need a routine.

Consumption to Contribution

Fri Aug 26 2016

## Here's a quick update on my life since my last post.

• Quit my job and started a company.
• Got married to the love of my life.
• Moved 3,000 miles away to Alaska.

During all of this I've been feeling my life running away from me, like I never have enough time and I'm not living a life I can be proud of. I'm 100% positive that I'm not the first person to try this and definitely not the first person to make this observation:

# Media is killing me.

I only have so many hours in my life. Media is eating those hours away like a corrosive acid robbing me of experiences, and taking me away from other people in my life.

I work on a computer so distraction in one form or another is imminent. The most pernicious of all forms of media is inspirational media. These are videos, images and posts all aiming to help us improve our lives. I have spent hours if not days watching these types of videos. I go through them like crack cocaine seeking the next video fix to help me feel like I'm making a positive change in my life.

## These videos suck me in.

Once I watch one video, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. they all know how to keep me hooked with videos that I will want to watch appearing right in front of me. Â The challenging thing for me is that I actually work on these platforms creating media for companies and getting helpful info out to their audiences. I'm coming to a new conclusion about all of the videos that I spend my time on. There is nothing out there that will help me achieve a better life full of rich experiences. I don't care who the speaker is or what the message is. I am making a new oath to be a creator/contributor not a consumer/viewer.

## For the next 31 days I am committingÂ to not watching videos, not looking at Facebook images, not watching movies.

For some people these platforms are great and they are able to use them in moderation. That is not the case for me. I've lied to myself about why I haven't been doing very well financially, blaming it on the amount of work needed to get ready for my move and my wedding. Well now here I am in Alaska and I'm realizing that I am and have been the problem all along.

I'd like to use this month to create for people, write posts, make videos, and actually get work done.

As I move through this process I will take as many notes as I can to track and see how much of a difference this really has on my life. This is in order to take back my life, and do things that matter.

## My manifesto:

From today August 26th until November 1st I'm reclaiming my life, reaching for my goals, and striving to help those in need around me by eliminating toxins from my day to day activities. I will remove and refuse to absorb anything from the following sites and activities:

• Instagram
• Snapchat
• Reddit
• Video Games (Including Phone apps)
• Podcasts
• Movies
• Television Shows

My life is too valuable to spend on these sites unless I'm actually doing the hard part in making a real contribution. I'm grounding myself to stay away from all of these platforms with the exception of making posts for work using third party apps to publish content.

Signed - Nic Bovee

Unlock 2,496 Vacation Hours.

Fri Nov 20 2015

(tips are at the bottom)

## Iâ€™ve always had this idea that vacations have to be difficult.

Growing up, my family always got really stressed out whenever we had to driveÂ somewhere. My poor parents had to stay focused on avoiding all of the insane cross-country drivers and traffic jams from most people's nightmares. Meanwhile my brother, sister and I entertained each otherÂ by converting the back seat of our green Plymouth Voyager into a UFC fighting ring. It was never easy for my parents on tripsÂ and it made me feel like there was no way of traveling without stress. This isn't a post about traveling anywhere you want in the world with young kids. Even though I'm not a parent, I'd imagine that there would be a challenge to that no matter what "life hack" you have working for you. This is post about getting over a few hurdles that are holding people back from doing, creating, and discovering new and incredible weekends, and adding 2,496 hours of vacation time to your year.

"I feel like going on a road trip but I don't know when we would go or where" My friend Robby said over a basket of boneless garlic parmesan wings. "What if we went to Mount Rushmore? It's only 6 hours away from Denver, and a friend of mine tells me it's a pretty cool road trip."

None of us had any vacation time, and since it was already October we were running out of opportunities for snow-free driving. If we wanted to do it that year we were going to need to get on it, and make it happen.

"What if we went this weekend?" I said half-jokingly.

That's all it took.

We left Saturday Morning and got back Sunday night. I got to see Mount Rushmore, and the (still uncompleted) Crazy Horse monument all over a short period of time that would have normallyÂ consisted of me binge watching Netflix in my underwear.

Since then I've never been afraid to saying yes to the idea of a two-day adventure, and no to all of the things I would normally do over a weekend. This year we did a trip to the Grand Canyon from Colorado Springs Colorado.

2 day weekend + 24 hours of driving + awesome landmarks + friends + snacks = an experience I'm glad I was willing to go after.

I emerged on the other side of this journey with some great pictures, a few stories, and a few little bits that I will chew on the next time I evaluate whether or not to do something like similarÂ in the future. Iâ€™ll throw these out to you to consider the next time you have a weekend, a few friends and a destination in mind. If youâ€™re a parent Iâ€™m sorry if this post doesnâ€™t help you make road tripping easier, but perhaps you will findÂ some other valueÂ in here that can add to your next road trip.

## Here are a few stories people tell themselves:

• Planning a trip is difficult
• Why would I go somewhere just to turn around and come back
• It's going to feel like I didn't even get a weekend
• I only have two days
• I don't have the money for that

## It's time to go do that thing you've always wanted to do but "never had the time for."

Agenda's for the most part are useless for this kind of experience.Â Part of unlocking these two days will require accepting the events as they come, and embracing them as part of the story.

We didnâ€™t have an agenda or a schedule setup to make this trip happen but if we did it would look something like this:

• 10:30pm Thursday Night - Meet roommate at Walmart to gather snacks
• 11:00pm Thursday Night - leave for AZ
• 2:00 am Friday Morning - Arrive in Gunnison Colorado to Pick up my girlfriend
• 11:00am Friday Morning - Arrive at Grand Canyon National Park
• Friday during the day - Frolic around and enjoy the wonders of the Grand Canyon
• Friday night - Stay at hotel in Flagstaff
• 8:00 am Saturday Morning - Head home
• 9:00pm Saturday Night - Arrive at home

Of course even though that was the idea, the actual trip ended up like this:

• 10:30pm Thursday Night - Meet roommate at Walmart to gather snacks
• 11:00pm Thursday Night- Roommate doesnâ€™t feel well and isnâ€™t sure he is going to be able to boot and rally
• 12:00amÂ Friday Morning - leave for AZ
• 12:15am Friday Morning - Stop at Taco Bueno for their awesome 60 Cent taco deal
• 1:00am Friday Morning - Finally on the road
• 4:00 am Friday Morning - Arrive in Gunnison Colorado to Pick up my girlfriend
• 6:30 am Friday Morning- Stop and get pictures of the sunrise over the beautiful colors of the aspens.
• 12:30pm Friday Afternoon- Stop at four corners (another monument Iâ€™ve wanted to visit.
• 3:00 pm Friday Afternoon - Arrive at Grand Canyon National Park
• Friday for the remaining day- Enjoy the grand canyon, get pictures go to the gift shop and then head out for flagstaff.
• Friday night - Go out on the town and stop at a dairy queen, then go to see the Martian, then stay at hotel in Flagstaff.
• 8:00 am - Grab coffee with a friend who attends college in Flagstaff
• 11:00 am Saturday Morning - Eat breakfast at an awesome diner
• 12:30pm Saturday afternoon- head home
• 2:00am Sunday morning - Arrive at home

[caption id="attachment_497" align="alignright" width="300"]](http://nicbovee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/File_007.jpeg) Victor and Robb[/caption]

Everybody knows that trips never go the way you think they are going to go, but thatâ€™s not whatâ€™s important. What is important is recognizing that no matter what happens during the journey itâ€™s up to you to accept everything thatâ€™s out of your control as the current reality, and focus your attention on all of the incredible upsides to the places you are experiencing and conversations you are having.

In order to make this trip happen I needed to live withÂ two ideas:

## The joy from traveling has less to do with the destination and more to do with the journey to the destination

[caption id="attachment_501" align="alignright" width="300"]](http://nicbovee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/File_009.jpeg) Great place to grab breakfast in Flagstaff[/caption]

I recognize that lack of sleep and sitting in a car for 24 hours is tough, but sitting at the end of my life thinking about all of the things I wish I could do is a lot harder. The trip to the Grand Canyon was a lot of fun and offered some incredible scenery, conversations and experiences. I realize now that this trip opened my mind up to a new realm of possibility. For most people, itâ€™s un-thinkable to donate the few days you have free from commitments to creating an experience that will last your lifetime. You may not be able to change the things you are committed to during your work week, but you do have the ability to change your thought process about what you can accomplish over a two day break.

With this new level of thinking I look at my weekends in a whole new light. Instead of â€śchilling outâ€ť watching Netflix, and dreading Monday morning, I see a chance to do something crazy. I can build something, go somewhere, learn, write, and explore.

## All of these things are available for you too.

I offer a simple challenge: Take a look at what youâ€™ve done for the last 5 weekends. Now design a weekend that is completely different from the average of your 5 past weekends. In this way you can come away from the weekend with a new outlook on life, and greet your Monday morning with stories about a weekend you dared to create.

## Here are 5 simple rules to follow to createÂ memorable weekendÂ experiences:

**Pick a destination -Â **Choose a place that's outside of your comfort zone. a place that takes twice as long to get to as the usual place you might visit over a weekend.

**Go with friends-Â **Find a few people you love spending time with who will go with you on this incredible journey. Make sure that these are people you get along with well. If you get 4 people together and are willing to share, the cost of a hotel room becomes a whole lot less.

**Don't plan too much-Â **Stuff happens, and there isn't anything we can do about most of it. During a trip like this you must be willing to not take things to seriously and do your absolute best to focus your energy on only that which you can actually control.

**Be prepared to not sleep-Â **Sleep as much as you can leading up to the trip, but recognize that in order to add some hours to your life you have to be willing to trade some of your time. You may not need to do this for closer locations, but anything over 8 hours away starts to wear on you. ( Having friends with you also helps here because they can take on some of the driving.)

**Pretend like you are leaving the day before you actually are - **This seems really obvious but it's amazing how much better my adventures go if I pretend like I'm leaving the day before. Having a list helps with packing, but it's nice to not have the weight of hurrying to get ready to leave. No one wants to be the person that holds up the group.

Bonus! See the beauty in everything - Focus on the beauty all around you. You may not live where there are lots of pretty things to visit fairly close by, but I'm sure there is somewhere that is different from what you are used to. Go find that place and look for the beauty that exists there. I know you can do it!

New Actions for New Results

Fri Sep 25 2015

### I'm sure you've experienced a similar frustrating scenario before:

You're running late. You do one last check before leaving and notice that you are missing your keys. You run around your house frantically looking "everywhere" for a while. You then realize that you have looked in the same place on the counter almost 4 times now. It's like you created a Nascar track in your house and you keep running it over and over. At this moment when I experience this the phrase: "Insanity is defined as doing the same action twice and expecting a different result". The keys you are looking for are always in the place you look at for the first time.

It's such a simple realization in the moment. I have to wonder how many of us get up in the morning, go and live our days and then wonder why we aren't living the super satisfying lives we always dream about. I think it's time to stop hoping that at some point in our search, the keys will be on the counter, and time to start exploring places we know we haven't checked yet.

It seems weird to live by focusing on what you have already done, and then doing something completely different. I think it is exactly what we need to find the thing we have been looking for all of these years.

Three things I've learned about the art of rising early

Fri Sep 18 2015

## I've been an on again off again morning person for a while now. The process of waking up early for me seemed to go like this:

1. Pick a number that will make people cringe, and set your alarm for that time everyday.
2. Create a morning process that will pull you out of bed.

3.Repeat this process everyday.

There are two problems with that approach.

Most people have lives that constantly throw new things at them making it difficult to create a pattern.

You are more likely to create a pattern of failing like a failure when you don't jump out of bed exactly on time. There isn't room for consistency.

I was a person with a standard of living and rituals that included Netflix, late nights with friends almost every night, waking up 10 minutes before I needed to leave for work, and drinking coffee to do it all over again. There are a ton of amazing books out there to help you become a morning person and seize the day, but I want to talk about the three most powerful discoveries I have made for myself in the process. Remember why you want to be a morning person in the first place. When you come up with a solid reason for why you are waking up, you can start to build a morning habit that actually works for you.

The reason to try this: I need to invest in myself before my day begins. In this way I can elevate my mood and am better equipped for whatever the day has to throw at me.

TheÂ basic ritual: Wake up at least 2 hours before my first appointment of the day. Go to sleep in order to allow myself 7 hours of sleep every night.

The most crucial part to my success with this so far has been the night time ritual. Do yourself a favor and set a bed time, and isolate yourself from screens and people at a specific time. It's way easier to be intentional at the end of the day, so set yourself up for success.

## Here are three things to keep in mind if you're like me and want to see your days become more positive.

Thing 1

### It's a fight against the body's feeling.

Your body will tell you that you need to spend those hours sleeping because it isn't what you are used to. If our physical feelings when we wake up are mostly determined byÂ chemicals in our body we must recognize that we are not fighting to get out of bed, we are fighting the chemicals that want us to stay down.

Thing 2

### The value of waking up isn't in the number on your alarm clock.

The value is in the lifestyle you create for yourself. The name of the morning game is "positivity". The value of your morning is up to you. The more enriching moments you create for yourself in the morning, the more "valuable" your morning can be. So be intentional and make a note the night before of the things that have the ability to make you feel happy.

Thing3

### Accountability is a must.

Find someone or something that will be waiting for you. Periscope has been an awesome way to have people waiting to see me wake up, even if they are just random people checking in. Â I've also had a few weeks go by when someone I knew liked the idea and wanted me to text them to wake up.

I'm on a journey to make it a habit. It will take me 66 days to form this habit. I look forward to sharing more about the process as I learn it.

Are you really offering "constructive" feedback?

Fri Sep 11 2015

[caption id="attachment_455" align="alignleft" width="300"]](http://nicbovee.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/28efabf02ea881d89514f659c29d27c0.jpg) The Engineered Workspace.[/caption]

As a kid, my mother used to constantly remind me to "clean up my room".

I hadÂ two main methods for doing this:

Method 1(My method): Push everything in the closet and make my room look clean due toÂ an absence of Â toys and clutter that Â had until that point covered the floor.

Method 2(My mother's method): Take everything out of it's place, and spend time considering why I had placed it where i placed itÂ and whether or not I could move it to somewhere better, or lose it all together.

Method 1 allows me to show that I cared enough to give my room a pat on the shoulder, and get it to a point where it looked clean.

Method 2 allows me to challenge the systems at play in my room. It gives me the opportunity to see if there is a better way to sort everything. Method 2 changes everything. It allows the room to stay clean even when I'm not occupying it. The well thought out systems can hold the room together as long as the next person stays true to them.

As Seth Godin says: "The first rule of great feedback is this: No one cares about your opinion."

If someone asks you for feedback, they are opening the door to their room and inviting you to clean it up. You can say something like "Good Job" or "This is great!"Â The problem with that kind of feedback is that it doesn't change anything. It doesn't improve anything. The same goes for the people who say: "this sucks" or "I don't get it". It serves no purpose. Start by asking why a certain decision was made.

If someone asks you for feedback, challenge the ideas that they present and start a conversation with them about those ideas. If you challenge a component of the essay, building, web site, etc., one of two things will happen. The person receiving feedback will either have a great explanation for choices they made on that component and will defend it. The alternative is they will realize that whatever it is must be changed, and will change it.

If the point of the constructive feedback is to build something better, do everyone (yourself included) a favor and start by challenging everything. Too many projects have failed because they left the gate saturated with the words of those who simply agree with the idea and move forward.

Stop wasting time.

Start challenging the smaller details.

## Ship something throughÂ challenges madeÂ by real people.

Why I love Google's new logo (and why I didn't at first)

Fri Sep 04 2015

# **Â Do you love the new logo? Do you hate it?**

On Tuesday morning of this week everyone in the world had a funny looking play button on the google icon when they used it.Â

I myself was one of these people. Even though I only click on about 5% of all of the doodles that Google has to offer, I was intrigued by the big blue Play button and had to find out what it all meant. After clicking it and learning that it was their way of announcing a new logo, I thought: "Hmm, I don't like it". To me it just ruined the classic flair that Google. Their old logo was timeless, and even though it went through changes over the year, it was not nearly as grand as this one. Switching to a completely different style of font just seemed wrong and I didn't think it looked like Google.Â

As I was thinking about it, it dawned on me.Â

## Google is a change company.

Sure they are a search engine company too, but the reason people work at Google has way more to do with the idea that a person can be "Googly". The dramatic change in the logo is a reminder of the dramatic changes they make in the world every day.

It also reminds me that like most species in the planet, I'm averse to changes in my environment. The fact that my first response is to figure out what is wrong with it is an incredible reminder that change is happening around us all of the time. While it isn't helpful to jump on board with every change that's happening, I believe that it is important to spend time considering the possibility that the changes you've been writing off are the same changes that could change your life.

The verdict on my latest gear - The Hydro Flask

Tue Sep 01 2015

## Thing #1

The Hydro FlaskÂ helps me drink more water.

It seems like I can't go anywhere online or in real life, without this idea that "humans need water" shoved in my face. The funny thing is that when I drink more water, I don't feel terrible. Huh? Weird.

Having a water bottle around helps me consistently remember to stay hydrated. It has really helped with my efforts to stay active on a daily basis. Drinking water throughout the day just feels right, and I think that the cold water is really what draws me to it. I really like knowing how many ounces of fluids I'm consuming every day.

## Thing #2

It's sexy.

In a way the bottle is a fashion statement. I've decked it out with stickers from places that I care about, and it's yet another way to express myself. The stainless steel, and powder coating make it an elegant addition to yourÂ daily carryÂ gear. The metal is extremely shiny, which is awesome because I like shiny things. TheÂ rubberÂ seal fits on perfectly and lets out a reassuring "Squeeeek" to let me know that it is on tight enough. The plastic that makes up the lid and lid holder feel sturdy and are made from high-quality BPA-free plastic. It has a small rubber grip around the circumference of the lid which ensures I can open it even after the Incredible Hulk gets his hands on it.Â

## Thing #3

Do you want cold water? Because this is how you get cold water.

I didn't always like cold water. In fact, there is a vast amount of research that suggests that human beings are better off drinking room temp or even warm water. Now I love cold water, and there isn't anything more satisfying in the summer heat, as taking a delicious swig from a nice cold water bottle. This bottle is insane. I've left it in the car where it has gotten so hot I can hardly touch it, and the water inside is still cool. For hot drinks I kept tea in it, and was able to have hot tea throughout the day. I'm also looking forward to snowboard season when I don't have to worry about my water bottle freezing like it has in the past.Â

## 1 month verdict: I love it

So far so good. I have yet to find anything I don't like about it, and I should find something before too long. If you are someone who is in the market for a water bottle, this is for you. If you are someone who wishes their Nalgene kept things cool, shell out 34 bucks and give it a go.

You can get them at your local REI store or head over to their site, and see all of their swag.

You're invited to take a risk and ship

Thu Jul 30 2015

# Would you take a risk if it was the only way to change your life?

We are all scared of failing. We are scared of making mistakes. We are held back from standing up and changing something because we're worried that it will hurt our image, or alienate us from our community.

At the end of the altMBA we were told that the final project is to put together a small event. I decided to make my event about change. ShipperShop is for people who are ready to take action, and change something in order to move closer to a lifestyle of passion. It is also about creating an environment where we can challenge one another to dig deeper.

If you or someone you know is looking for a place to test ideas, take action, and help others do the same, share this with them. We would love to see them there!

Join us on the Thursday August 13th! Be one of the 30 people making a change and shipping.

Brainstorming

Thu Jul 23 2015

# Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a simple concept. Pick the topic, set the number of ideas you want to create, and come up with all of them. The hardest ones will be at the end. They will create a place for only thoughts that seem off the wall.Â

My team came up with a list of 500 or so ideas, and then we narrowed it down to our 99 favorite.

Blurt the answer and move on without worryingÂ about what people will think about it.

99 Micro Biz Plans (Yolk D, Project 3)

June 21, 2015

Here are 99 micro business plans. We probably came up with a few hundred at least and whittled it down to these. Looking forward to your honest thoughts.

Yolk 1-D Week 1 group members: (these link to each otherâ€™s altmba)

Seth Perler, Boulder, CONic Bovee, Colorado Springs, COYves Farges, Vancouver, BC CanadaMarcus Turner, Denver, CO

## 99 Micro Biz Plans

Resources-Big Company Resources.

This is a camp for doing burly, rugged things. Youâ€™ll need to grab an ax and run out to the forest and chop down a tree that you haul back to the cabin. Youâ€™ll learn how to hunt, and shoot better than ever with our professional training program. Youâ€™ll also get to be apart of several high adrenaline gravity sports such as; Rock climbing, mountain climbing, ropes courses, and cliff jumps. This is a company that provides a unique custom tailored value that caters to only the bravest, and adventurous customer segments. It will involve partnerships with companies that have access to this land as well as partnerships with outdoor gear and training companies. Unlike most babyâ€™s first adult â€śAdventureâ€ť camps, this camp is only for people who take calculated risks and arenâ€™t afraid of working hard for a thrill. The choo

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Idea # 81Author: MarcusBusiness Idea: A Fan Focused Mobile Marketing Agency providing app development, direct-to-fan consulting and execution, project management, and design for record labels, film studios and festivals.Available Resources:We have a software Developer, Data Scientists, and a graphic designer on the teamWeâ€™re in the early stages of development for a pilotThis will be a Bootstrapped projectMicro Business Plan:What problem are we solving?Labels are struggling to increase revenues amid a shift towards streaming. Â This app would be focused on musical history and the culture it helped shape. For each story, users get opportunities to comment, post their own related photos through social networks, and post video commentary.And for whom?The fans of the artistâ€™ on the label.Historic significanceHow?Interactive Mobile AppHow do we make money?App Development feesBilled monthlyCreating new advertising opportunities on the site which added value for both users and brandsIdea # 3Author: MarcusBusiness Idea

The Monster Cruise Halloween Sweepstakes is an agency contracted project that

will align the Monster Energy brand with a \$7billion dollar a year industry.

Hip hop

Indie Rock

Soul

Blues

How?I am relocating to LA next month and have connections that can get me introduced to the proper resourcesHow do we make money? I have a 20% management contract with the artistsTouring RevenuePublishingStreaming AudioSponsorshipEndorsementsMerchandisingÂ Â Business Idea :

Yves Ideas:

KP = , KA = , KR = , VP = , CR = , CH = , CSeg = , CStr = , RS = . is the short form of the Business Model Canvas I will use. KP = Key Partners, KA = Key Activities, KR = Key Resources, VP = Value Proposition, CR = Customer Relationships, CH = Channels, CSeg = Customer Segments, CStr = Cost Structure, & RS = Revenue Streams. The idea is to get used to thinking in a structured manner AFTER putting quantity forward as the objective for ideas.

Un-boxing A book apart

Wed Jul 22 2015

## A book apart knows who they are for.

There are a million books for people who want to learn how to build websites. A book apart is for the people who want to designÂ websites.

A book apart knows what they are for.

It is very easy to get tangled up in all of the standards that exist in the realm of the web. A book apart is for making a brief and powerful statement that will help designers everywhere make better decisions with their sites.

It is easy to approach any project with the mentality of : "Why are people going to want this?". The harder question to answer is: "Where does it fit?"

If you can identifyÂ why the problem you are solving is important, you can start to answer that question.

Shipping it

Tue Jul 21 2015

http://youtu.be/0bZCjIVlx4g

# Today I finished my Ship It Journal.Â

## I am committed to putting on my live event, and I will stop at nothing to make it happen. I've applied dates to all of the different items that need my attention and got them out on the wall with deadlines.

Tasks that remain to be finished in a week.

## Â The premise of the event is this.

### Talk about my experience in the altMBA, cover a few of the topics, and then let everyone take action that night. A big part of shipping is accountability. If you don't have someone waiting on the end of your deadline, chances are whatever it is won't make it. It'sÂ going to be about taking action that night. Refusing to wait for a "better moment" is the only way to finish anything. Â We will all start with planning, then line people up to wait for us at the finish line.

Starting

Mon Jul 20 2015

http://youtu.be/C3SVDJRBSyM

This project scared me at first. I didn't think I would be able to do it. I didn't think anyone would read it.

Over and over I continued to come up with a reason for why I can wait and don't have to ship.

No one would have hit a home run, painted the Mona Lisa, or written Purple Cow if they didn't start.

#### Iâ€™m sorry Clark, but I canâ€™t let you work any longer.

Your work is good, and good sucks. You donâ€™t seem to really like it at all. Your friends see it. People you work with see it. The people you save when you are living in your callingÂ see it too. Why canâ€™t you embrace it? What worldly threat is holding you back from living as superman all of the time?

###### To be Clark Kent and brush your calling to the side, is to deny yourself time spent operating as the creature you were intended to be.

It is time to sell the bullshit you bought, and start to work with what you were given. Youâ€™ve got no time to lose! Imagine a life where you wake up excited for the day and you have trouble going to sleep because your day was filled to the brim with people and experiences worth having again, and again. What does your day look like?

Hurrah! If you can search inside yourself and identify the answer, congratulations! Youâ€™ve now fertilized the catalyst of a very long journey ahead. It is going to be a very challenging several months, and there will be plenty of complications. However, it will pay off. Your body now roams the planet conscious of its one purpose: Deliver this beautiful, previously unknown part of myself into the world, and walk with it through its incredible life ahead.

#### Set your goals.

Conceive the dream. Carry it through its development. Release it into the world kicking, screaming, and smashing through the barriers that were put in place before its conception.

What do those barriers look like?

What must you learn along the way?

Who needs to be apart of your support circle?

Finally, set its due date! You are an excited new parent and canâ€™t wait to meet your child.

Rejoice when it comes to fruition, breathes the air of the earth and can be remarked on by others fortunate enough to meet it.

My name is Nic Bovee. I dream of a life spent helping entities bigger than myself with a team of people who always challenge the status quo. My goal is to rely less on my position as Clark Kent, and dare to fly into the unknown as the super hero I was placed on earth to be. I love being asked questions I donâ€™t know the answer to. I love to collaborate with a team of people who enjoy the same. It would be so refreshing to operate with a team of â€śA+â€ť players who donâ€™t allow me to stay tucked away in the safe bowels of my comfort zone. The path to living my dream comes with many adversaries. The biggest challenge being the mentality I have created for myself.

â€ś You cannot survive on your own!â€ť

â€śYouâ€™re not smart enough! â€ś

â€śYou depend on other people to live! â€ś

Pushing against those barriers until my newly achieved goal can break through them is going to be almost impossible. Itâ€™s going to take a lifestyle that permits learning, and developing new things while still functioning safely in the company. It will take me stepping out and assembling a team of people who are the best in the world at what they do. It will take my vulnerability to step out and actively look for the bigger entities that have problems that our elite team can solve for them.

My plan of action is this.

Start now. Reach out to the people in my existing circle and find out if they want to be apart of something like this. Start acting like a company, and set deadlines for the projects Iâ€™m already involved in. Learn how to pay taxes like a company. Tune in to what it is I actually do on the team, and pitch it to the people who I want to work with.

June 15th 2016-It is the one-year anniversary of the day I started the most important transformation of my life. I will be spending an equal portion of my time during the week meeting with my team and talking through the current challenges our firm faces. My price structure will be fully developed as a piece of art. I will have at minimum 5 projects at a time, and will be actively networking to gain at least 5 more for the next month. We will ship on time. We will ship great work. I will have learned new things from the 50+ books I add to my library. Most importantly, I will be shedding new light on my current job and hopefully applying some of the concepts from my company into the weaknesses of the one I work for. Itâ€™s not going to be easy, and Iâ€™ll need to constantly monitor the course and change as need be.

Creating all of this will be worth it. When I reach the top I will have brought along stories that either tell of the bounty of success or the lessons from a successful failure.

### P.S.

At the beginning of my article, I was really leaving an opening or invitation for readers to join in and set some goals of their own. I left the door open, but never told anyone to go in. As Seth Perler pointed out, I should make a point of letting the reader know that there is an opportunity and to get the most out of my article they should take it.

#### Updated Plan of action- Upon Michelleâ€™s request

Restate my goal (With meat):

I want to live a life where I work with companies that want to push themselves to a new level of greatness by helping them make decisions on the creative front. This includes:

Branding- Designing the story behind the image, then updating the image to reflect the story. I want to design a workflow that will ask the questions that need to be asked in order to discover what the companyâ€™s story is.

Logo Design- Whether itâ€™s a redesign for branding or a start to finish creation, my goal is to be a company that takes the culture of a company, and creates a logo for them. Iâ€™ve done this for a few different people, and Iâ€™ve really enjoyed it.

Web Site Design- This is definitely an element of my structure that will require looking for a great developer who can work with me on developing a strategic method of laying out a site in order to provide an easy experience that doesnâ€™t feel â€śbrokenâ€ť.

Customer Relationship Design- Most small companies I talk to donâ€™t care about the actual relationship that they have with their customers. It sucks because they miss out on such an awesome opportunity to make the customer want to keep coming back for more than just the product that they sell.

Customer Experience Design- From start to finish, I want to build the street that a customer walks down when they use that company. This has a lot to do with Sethâ€™s Purple Cow concept, as well as tribes. It think that most companies leave the community out of it. What needs to happen is a new focus on doing things that wow the customer. Zappos had free 2 day shipping as something they did to upgrade the customerâ€™s order from free standard shipping. Sweetwater sends smarties with musical widget they send. I want to evaluate the customer experience by having people go through the entire interaction with the company, and come up with a list of things the loved and things they disliked.

Value Development- Work on actual projects the customer is working on to offer insight on how they can add even more value to what they are offering by means of adding a few features, or simply revising the way they pitch the product. This process will rely heavily on the information we have from the strong customer relationships and using it to offer something that speaks to them.

Company Structure Design- This first came from an experience I had as general manager of a computer shop. This involves looking at the internal workflow. I want to look at what the business does internally and help them find a better way to accomplish more things, faster! I think that itâ€™s difficult to see the inefficiency if you are used to looking at it every day. We come in and identify the top things that could change in one week that would help a company be more efficient in the way that it runs and handles itself.

#### Pushing against the obstacles

Who will I reach out to?

Two groups of people

Internal- People I know personally who would be a lot of help and want to be a part of this company or know people who might. The smaller goal here is to build a team of people that expand the diversity of the promises we can make to our customers. By knowing the people apart of this, we can make promises and exceed them to provide our customers with an exceptional experience

People from internal are filling certain roles of the kind of experience our group wants to create:

WebÂ Â Â Â Â  MarketingÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Internal StructureÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  EducationÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  DevelopersÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Graphics Â  Â  Â  Â  Â  Â Â BrandingÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â  Value Development

Jon Dale- Close personal friend and the reason Iâ€™m aware of Seth Godin and in the altMBA

Todd A. - Web

Justin L. - Social Marketing

Andy T. â€“ Develop the network

Josh K. â€“ Learning materials

Kevin M. â€“ Becoming an entrepreneur vs. a free lancer

Stephen D. â€“ Developer connections

Jason R. â€“ Developer connections

Brooke B. â€“ Marketing

External- Companies that have people in them who want to make the company more than just a Car dealership. More than just a coffee shop. More than an okay place to go buy jewelry. Places that are used to dealing with pricy corporate establishments that use the same methods they have used for the last 20 years to offer a solution of one facet of the customers problem. I want to start small with people I have already worked with and know, offering new value that their company can begin to implement, until I have a method I can start to practice on a bigger company.

The PC Shop

G1 Equip

MakeExerciseEasy

Recycles

DTG

CreativeIvoryMusic

Moutain Scoops

Team TeleCycle

Jives

#### Why will they want to be a part of what Iâ€™m doing?

Internal- Not all of them will be a part of it directly, but they may point me in the direction of people who will want to be part of it directly. I think that if I am connected with the right people, the idea of scheduling time to collaborate and sharing contracts with people who are the best at what they do will be an attractive offer for people who may be wasting their time at a job they get nothing from.

External-I believe that when presented with an opportunity to invigorate the working environment and increase their exposure to people who care, as well as overall productivity and financial performance. I see it as them making the decision to hire a life coach that helps the company find what it wants just as much as it helps the employees.

#### What will I ask specifically?

Internal- Why do you do what you do? If their passionate I want to connect them with the companies that are passionate.

#### What is the project they are actually joining?

That varies based on the client. Some of my clients have wanted minimal changes to be made on one page of their site. Others have had me re design their logo and analyze their business structure.

#### How will I specifically act like a company?

Stephen Pressfield brought up the idea of meeting with yourself weekly. Thanks Stephen! I want to meet on a week by week basis and set goals for my â€śCompanyâ€ť as if I already had the accountability of people who were waiting for me to give them a project to do.Â  I also want to spend time developing my whole business model, to understand what kind of company it is that Iâ€™m really describing.

#### List the projects that need deadlines.

Current projects that need deadlines are all web based projects. I am rotten liar to myself. I tell myself that I donâ€™t have time to spend on the project. Wrong. I will start by setting a dead line to have a fully written Web Design questionnaire by next Wednesday.

#### How will I learn to pay taxes like a company?

This is one that Iâ€™m hoping I can find info on from my cohort or the altMBA family. I think it will be quite a while before I can hire a book keeper or CPA. What book can I read that will teach me how to manage an LLC in terms of taxes, and not get screwed over.

#### What is that you want to do? How will you pitch it?

Iâ€™m passionate about many things, but there are two things that out-weigh the rest. Design, and people.

I love to see and understand why things were created the way they were. When I can afford to do it without debt, I will go to college for design both industrial, and graphic. The thing that I really love looking at is details, and in this job I get to explore details in almost every aspect of my favorite hobby: business. I also love people. I want to create something that is as much a community as it is a company. A place for creatives. These creatives might be paying the community, or they might be getting paid. We all are passionate about building plan Z first and shipping a day early than we were expected.

Sunk Costs

Sat Jul 18 2015

# **They're all around us.Â **

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This guy can sing! altMBA - Framing

Fri Jul 17 2015

### **I had the immense pleasure of attendingÂ aÂ barbecue thrown by someone I met at Trader Joes.Â **

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I was shopping in Trader Joes when out of the blue I hear someone say "Hey that's a really cool jacket". I turned around and saw a tall smiling man walking toward me. It was awesome!

We talked for a while, and I got the sense that he was a genuinely kind and awesome dude. I spoke with him almost every time I went in after that. I found out he was a singer who had auditioned and made it on the show the Voice. Later on he invited me to a BBQ I wasn't even sure I was going to make it to. I'm glad I did because I got to experience his incredible voice. Check out the video, he starts singing about 5 minutes in.

# Project 1 from the altMBA

Project 1 gave us a chance to work together as a team to explain a good decision making process by understanding:

Frames

Decision Trees

Priorities

Sunk Costs

All of these are very important when it comes to making a decision.Â

## This is how I chose to explain framing:

â€śDo not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth. Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.â€ť

As you read these words, your mind is busily processing each word into something that has meaning to you. If I didnâ€™t bring it up, you most likely wouldnâ€™t be considering the miracle that the electrical pulses in my head were converted into words, sent to my fingertips, converted into electrical signals sent to the computer through an infinitely complex set of protocols and mediums, then re-converted again to text and mapped out onto the millions of tiny lights on your monitor. You may also feel compelled to read this post for one reason or another, and right now Iâ€™d like to ask you to consider moving on to the next post, or thing you have as an option in front of you. By choosing something other than what you see as your â€ścurrent activityâ€ť, especially if it is something really ludicrous you have effectively destroyed your frame.

The frame is a helpful tool for recognizing the subconscious assumptions you make about every single aspect of your life. By recognizing the frame, you are shedding light on line that all opportunity stands behind, gazing longingly in at the fluff lucky enough to make it into the limelight. That fluff is inside of your frame for one simple reason. You want it there. It is the thing or things that resonated with your emotions causing you to quickly form the assumption that it deserves your attention. It is the fluff that makes a decision difficult. It is time to wake up to the reality. Outside of the small canvas of options you have painted within the frame of your decision, lies a gallery rife with even better options that werenâ€™t even allowed onto your paint brush. Destroy your frame. Tear it off of the wall and embrace the world of possibilities that lie in front of you. Unplug from the Matrix youâ€™ve created for yourself and see whatâ€™s really available for you. Time is of the essence, so now that youâ€™ve emerged on the other side, take a deep breath. Letâ€™s make a decision.

##### It starts with the change agent. A problem that needs solving.

A person came into a computer shop I worked at and asked the question: â€śShould I buy a Mac? I hear they are a lot easier to use and my PC has been running so slow.â€ť What is this personâ€™s problem? What change agent caused them to start a decision process in the first place?

That is when the Apple elitist in me screams: â€śDuh, theyâ€™re on a freaking PC, of course itâ€™s slow and frustrating!â€ť. Ladies and Gentleman I present in all of its narrow minded glory, a frame. You may not see the danger, but imagine me giving that person information based on what my frame of their problem says the obvious choice is. Itâ€™s just plain foolish to set one option on a scale without a counter option to balance it out and come to a reasonable, educated decision. Itâ€™s time to destroy the frame and rebuild it around options that matter. Here is how we do it:

### Ask off the wall questions-

How educated is she when it comes to PC? How long has she had her PC? Could she do more of the things that she finds frustrating on the PC in a more familiar environment? Does she have any friends that she can borrow a Mac from to ensure that she isnâ€™t switching to something that will have a learning curve? How do they like living in Colorado? What is their favorite television show?What is the price difference between a low end Mac and a high end PC? You get the picture. Make cases for both sides of the argument. Pose as many questions as possible and donâ€™t be afraid of the questions that donâ€™t seem to have any relation to the problem.

### Trash the options your frame dealt you-

In most cases while confronting a decision, our frame usually submits a few ideas for consideration. Throw them out of the equation all together. This leaves you with one problem and zero solutions. Innovate. If that option wasnâ€™t available how then could we solve the problem. Switching to Mac isnâ€™t an option, and this person desperately needs to feel less frustrated when using a PC. What about switching to Linux? Or not using a computer at all? It seems that innovation is usually brought into existence because it is demanded. Demand innovation. Paint the frame, then the gallery, then demolish the gallery, and force yourself to migrate your art onto the hull of a spaceship.

### Consider the opportunity cost-

If one of their options is to spend a minimum of \$700 on a Mac, could that money be used to solve the problem using a different option? Â What is the opportunity cost of all of your options. What opportunity are you giving up to make the current option you are considering?

Now assess the options. Borrow Mac from a friend and evaluate it for 10 dayâ€™s. Become more familiar with working in a PC environment(unfortunately this does mean learning a thing or two about basic maintenance). Start working through options to ease into the decision. Try the cheapest options first and consider setting a timeline that tells you when you will take the plunge.

Now build a new frame, the proper frame your new set of options deserve.Start to strategically migrate the options that seem least likely to solve the original problem to the outside, and sit back and appreciate the different features of each option you now have in front of you.

Left with a handful of reasonable options, including ones that you may have never considered, it is time to decide.

#### OVERVIEW

Framing is usually done without unconsciously, which means it relies on our deeper self, and does not provide a platform for our better options to breathe. We must destroy that frame and rebuild it around a set of options that includes the options that fell into the crowd of ideas that got instantly shoved aside when the problem presented itself.

Ask any question that pops into your head to try and get some off the wall ideas and solutions for handling the problem.

Take the obvious solution out of the picture all together and ask a new question such as: â€ś If solution x canâ€™t happen, what can I do instead to solve problem y?â€ť

Consider the opportunity cost: â€śWhat value would one decision give that another one wouldnâ€™t?â€ť

#### BONUS: How does this apply to the educational system?

Frame: Students must be tested and graded in order to ensure that they are learning, and that our teachers are doing their jobs.

What problem is this solving? We donâ€™t know if kids are learning, and if the teacher is doing their job.

#### Off the wall questions-

Who is the educational system for, the kids or the administrative board?

Why are schools all inside?

Why does every kid need to go to school?

What are they really getting from it?

What does the grading system measure?

Who benefits most from the grading system?

#### Remove the current solution all together-

In a school with no grading system how would teachers know that their students understand the material?

Give smaller tests on each subject and find out where kids are struggling and frame their concepts differently so they might have a better chance to understand the material.

Allow kids to work at their own pace and put more emphasis on challenging them to try new things.

#### Opportunity Cost-

What could the money that goes into testing and grading be used for?

It is estimated that 1.7 billion dollars is spent on testing every year which could easily be used to implement better programs that support learning.

By not grading, the teachers have more time to spend working with kids ensuring that they donâ€™t need help understanding the various concepts.

To read more about this issue be sure to check out my friend Sethâ€™s post.

About this project: This is post 2/5 on Project 1 of altMBA. It was created by the Yolk Cohort, section 1D. There were 5 people in this section who each created one of the following posts:

Ignore sunk costs â€“ Marcus TurnerFrame decisions properly â€“ Nic BoveeDecision trees â€“ Pete Burge**Ranking priorities -Yves Farges**Holistic wrap up â€“Â Seth Perler

#### **POSTSCRIPT**

Wow! It's been awesome to hear all of the great feedback! I think that one of the most common critiques was on the weakness of the article towards the end. I think that there are three ways to approach an issue of lack luster content.

1. When you start to feel like the content you are producing is weak and not enjoyable to write, scrap it and move on to something that is.

2.Read each sentence carefully to find out which sentence is the most boring, then ditch those select sentences.

3.Re-read the paper as Ryon mentioned and come up with an idea of how it sounds.

I've also concluded that the bonus section couldÂ either be done away with, setup as an additional example, or moved into a separate post.

If I were to re-write this post, I would condense it by chopping out my own fluff that I felt like I needed to satisfy the project. What I have to say is only important if people are awake long enough to read it.

In order to practice what I preach starting now:

That's it. I'm not saying anything more.

Book Review: The Virgin Way, Everything I know about leadership

Thu Jul 16 2015

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The Virgin Way

Before I read this book for the review, I honestly didn't know anything about Richard Branson or the Virgin companies. I had heard about a few of their products but never been a customer myself. I think this is mainly due to the fact that they are mostly located in Europe, but I may just be completely out of their target demographic.

Books that talk about the brand tend to feel like a sales pitch, and I think this one definitely had a bit of that going on. That said, I think the book is great for inspiration and offers a myriad of concepts both familiar and new worth taking into consideration.

### Action Items

###### (3 action items you can take from the main sections in his book)

A recap of the altMBA, and a letter to the future.

Wed Jul 15 2015

I will be starting a daily trend of posting some of my work from the altMBA.

This is to give subscribers a chance to read some things they may have missed, and an opportunity for me to recall the incredible growth that occurred over the last month.

An open letter to the next people who make the decision to join:

#### Dear agents of changeÂ in the altMBA,

What you are about to participate in can and will be life changing for you as long as you fight the resistance and ship religiously.

You were all drawn here for different reasons, but you are all presentÂ now because you have placedÂ a value on taking a leap into the unknown. This will be some of your hardest work, and will propel you beyond the limitations you have hit in the past. Here are a few things too help you as you begin this journey.

Be empathetic. Look at the world through the eyes of the people you are meeting. You may not always agree with them, but you can always make an effort to understand their side of the story.

Be vulnerable. Itâ€™s difficult to do because we are all accustomed to a world stuffed with trolls who have nothing better to do than Â put you down. Thatâ€™s not what this environment is for. This is an ecosystem of love and creativity. It is a place for the misfits who dared to dream of something greater. Do your best to help everyone elseâ€™s dreams come true.

Jump. Take the plunge. Dare to speak up. Offer help when people need it. Be bold in your writing. Donâ€™t be afraid to create beyond the program. Be the first. Push everything out of the way in order to ship

Be like Amazon. Ship on time. Exceed expectations. Love your people. Kindle new relationships. Fire old tendencies.END LAME PUNS

**The world is waiting to watch you plunge into the murky water and make a splash.Â **

Dive,

-Nic Bovee

Day 5 of the altMBA

Tue Jul 07 2015

I finished my list of dreams 48 hours ago, and it's time for time for me to evaluate whether or not the goals can answer these questions posed by Zig Ziglar:

Can I answer yes to all of these questions about my dream:

Is it my goal or someone else's?

Is it morally right and fair to everyone concerned?

Is it consistent with my other goals?

Can I emotionally commit myself to finish this goal?

Can I see "myself" finishing this goal?

If I can't answer yes to all of those I will put an X next to the Idea.

After processing that info Â I will ask the next series of questions and have to answer "yes" to at least one of them.

Will this goal:

Make me happier?

Make me healthier?

Make me more prosperous?

Win more friends?

Give me peace of mind?

Make me more secure?

Improve my relationships with others?

I will put another an "*" next to any of the goals that need to be removed using this questioning.

Here is the list of dreams I am working (Some personal goals have been left out):

Personal

• Get my motorcycle license
• get a motorcycle
• Start rock climbing regularly
• Live in Alaska
• Get a diving certification
• Go cliff jumping
• Go Sky Diving
• Write a book
• Post weekly to my blog
• Start a YouTube channel about something that I am passionate about
• Take a professional driving course
• Learn to site read piano
• Get my small planes pilot's license
• Get my Network + certification
• Get my Real Estate Brokerage license
• Play music in a band
• Rebuild an engine
• run a small group for people
• Own and operate small farm
• Spend a brief season as a flight attendant
• Travel to 3 new countries every year
• Meet with people and help them make positive changes in their life
• Purchase a real estate property and manage it while paying it off
• Hike the Pacific Crest Trail

Family

• Spend one meal per week with my family
• Say one word of encouragement to each family member every week
• Take one family member out for coffee once every month
• Host an annual goal setting workshop for my family, and then have planned bi-annually check-ins
• Go on at least one family camping trip per year
• Go on a family hike every month
• Find out when my family member is having a concert or event and show up
• Write an our of the blue letter for no reason and send give it to them
• Plan one snowboarding trip for the winter
• Start a family game night: Possibly on the same night as dinner?
• Schedule time for one home improvement project
• Be intentional about being thankful for them at least once a day
• Go to a concert as a family
• Find a conference that we could all go to that would empower us to live better lives.

Career

• Help make improvements for the company I work at
• Start expanding my side business to other states
• Develop a valuable process that acts as a way for businesses to take themselves to the next level, and the use the process with the coaches that are apart of the organization
• Build a team of people who like to work on challenging problems
• Sell something passively on Amazon
• Invent a product that I would use regularly
• Invest in a small company
• Run a moderately successful website with more than 1000 hits per day
• Develop a downtown office space and bring in great companies to work together under the same roof
• Create a business model that people want to steal
• Buy Â a car wash
• Own real estate that I rent out
• Develop an App that solves a problem I have regularly
• Always ship a day early.
• Pay my employees health insurance and for life building exercises that will help them become stronger people
• Donate to young entrepreneurs that work for the good of impoverished people
• Help develop companies into platforms that people would have a difficult time replacing
• Have a weekly corporate meeting with myself.

Physical

• Go to the gym early in the morning everyday
• double my weight lifting in a month
• Run a marathon
• Take swimming lessons(Yeah I really can't swim very well)
• Go through Tim Ferris's The Four Hour Body
• Run 1 mile every morning
• Do the incline once a week
• Do more than 100 pushups at a time
• Get weights and lift every day
• Take tennis lessons
• Join Parks and Rec soccer
• Climb Mount Everest
• Climb al CO. 14ers
• Build and keep a 6 pack
• Consume 2 home cooked healthy meals every day.
• Expand the flexing diameter of my biceps and forearms by 50%
• Do a quick morning workout every day I can't make it to the gym
• Take boxing lessons
• Race downhill mountain bikes and win a small competition
• Land a steezy kickflip 95% of the time a try
• Learn how to do hand stand pushups
• Land backflips on a trampoline
• Land a 360 method
• Lear how to do wheelies on a dirt bike
• Run the Pike's Peak Hill Climb

Mental

• Smile most of the day
• Wake up excited for what I'm about to do
• Read 100 books everyday
• Improve my typing by 30 WPM bringing my average to 97 WPM
• Improve my handwriting by learning and implementing a new style
• Become proficient in CSS/HTML
• Take drawing classes and draw a self portrait
• Finish my sketch of Dani
• Write a song w/ lyrics for the guitar and perform
• Study american history and become familiar
• Learn to speak french sufficiently
• Take an english class in college
• Read newtons physics and understand basics
• Learn all scales on guitar
• learn how to use electric instrument software
• Remix a Harry Nilson song
• Multiply two 6 digit numbers in my head in under 2 minutes
• Take a concealed Carry class and get my permit
• Finish my network and A + certifications
• Read Yves recommendation for real estate knowledge
• Learn C+ and build a basic program
• Take an Archery Course
• Get my WFR Cert
• Take a culinary Course

Spiritual

• Actively attend and stay involved in a church
• Tithe every week
• Go on a mission trip to another country
• Pray every day
• Take a prayer hike every month
• Join an online bible study
• Take time out of each day to be emotionally thankful for all that I have
• Give away one belonging every week
• Write a letter and leave it in the mail room with words of encouragement that people could pick up and be inspired by
• Give \$1000 every year to a new charity
• Lead a youth group
• Lead worship 1 or 2 Sundays every month
• Read the Bible cover to cover

Financial

• Own a car 2006 or newer with 4 wheel drive
• Increase my monthly income 3 times by December 2015
• Build a my mutual fund portfolio to \$10,000
• Pay a finance consultant to help me build a financial plan
• Own a duplex and rent out one half of it
• Invest in a startup
• Build an investment portfolio that will allow me to be free to do live giving things throughout the year
• Own a vacation home in Tuscany
• Own a coffee shop that I can work in
• Generate \$2000 passively each month
• Help give my parents a great retirement
• Build a five year investment plan

I am now working through my original questions on all of these goals and I will come back with another post on my findings

Day 4 of the altMBA

Sat Jun 20 2015

After the completion of my 4th day and my second project, I am feeling the strangest mixture of both tiredness and energy. I have gotten no more than 5 hours of sleep every night. I've gone to bed at 1 and woken up at 6. The energy I feel with this program has really made me think about the kind of projects and people I'd like to work for when I'm living the way I was made to live. I feel more energy than I have doing anything and I also feel more tired than I ever had. It's like spending every day tossing and turning, too excited to sleep.

I've played around with waking up a three hours before I need to do anything in the past and it was always amazing to see the results. I'm taking this next month and using it as an exploration of what wake me up every day.

You can read my project post about setting goals here.

Day 3 of the altMBA

Fri Jun 19 2015

### Goals. Everyone needs them. Everyone thinks about them. Only a handful realize them.

You've been asleep in the lukewarm bubble bath. The stagnant water is not hot enough to give yourÂ bath purpose. The water is not cold enough to convince you to move your wrinkly ass andÂ do something about it.

It's time to wake up.Stand up. Dry off.

It starts with a babyÂ step. It starts with a tiny action. It starts with small blog post.

It starts.

Day 2 of the altMBA

Wed Jun 17 2015

## Today has been very stressful as I have been working around the clock to get my portion of the project done. It can be viewed on altMBA.com but I figured I might as well show it off here too. More great projects to come, and be sure to see what some of the other people are posting on the site.

â€ś**Do not try and bend the spoon. That's impossible. Instead... only try to realize the truth. Then you'll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.â€ť**

As you read these words, your mind is busily processing each word into something that has meaning to you. If I didnâ€™t bring it up, you most likely wouldnâ€™t be considering the miracle that the electrical pulses in my head were converted into words, sent to my fingertips, converted into electrical signals sent to the computer through an infinitely complex set of protocols and mediums, then re-converted again to text and mapped out onto the millions of tiny lights on your monitor. You may also feel compelled to read this post for one reason or another, and right now Iâ€™d like to ask you to consider moving on to the next post, or thing you have as an option in front of you. By choosing something other than what you see as your â€ścurrent activityâ€ť, especially if it is something really ludicrous you have effectively destroyed your frame.

The frame is a helpful tool for recognizing the subconscious assumptions you make about every single aspect of your life. By recognizing the frame, you are shedding light on line that all opportunity stands behind, gazing longingly in at the fluff lucky enough to make it into the limelight. That fluff is inside of your frame for one simple reason. You want it there. It is the thing or things that resonated with your emotions causing you to quickly form the assumption that it deserves your attention. It is the fluff that makes a decision difficult. It is time to wake up to the reality. Outside of the small canvas of options you have painted within the frame of your decision, lies a gallery rife with even better options that werenâ€™t even allowed onto your paint brush. Destroy your frame. Tear it off of the wall and embrace the world of possibilities that lie in front of you. Unplug from the Matrix youâ€™ve created for yourself and see whatâ€™s really available for you. Time is of the essence, so now that youâ€™ve emerged on the other side, take a deep breath. Letâ€™s make a decision.

##### It starts with the change agent. A problem that needs solving.

A person came into a computer shop I worked at and asked the question: â€śShould I buy a Mac? I hear they are a lot easier to use and my PC has been running so slow.â€ť What is this personâ€™s problem? What change agent caused them to start a decision process in the first place?

That is when the Apple elitist in me screams: â€śDuh, theyâ€™re on a freaking PC, of course itâ€™s slow and frustrating!â€ť. Ladies and Gentleman I present in all of its narrow minded glory, a frame. You may not see the danger, but imagine me giving that person information based on what my frame of their problem says the obvious choice is. Itâ€™s just plain foolish to set one option on a scale without a counter option to balance it out and come to a reasonable, educated decision. Itâ€™s time to destroy the frame and rebuild it around options that matter. Here is how we do it:

### Ask off the wall questions-

How educated is she when it comes to PC? How long has she had her PC? Could she do more of the things that she finds frustrating on the PC in a more familiar environment? Does she have any friends that she can borrow a Mac from to ensure that she isnâ€™t switching to something that will have a learning curve? How do they like living in Colorado? What is their favorite television show?What is the price difference between a low end Mac and a high end PC? You get the picture. Make cases for both sides of the argument. Pose as many questions as possible and donâ€™t be afraid of the questions that donâ€™t seem to have any relation to the problem.

### Trash the options your frame dealt you-

In most cases while confronting a decision, our frame usually submits a few ideas for consideration. Throw them out of the equation all together. This leaves you with one problem and zero solutions. Innovate. If that option wasnâ€™t available how then could we solve the problem. Switching to Mac isnâ€™t an option, and this person desperately needs to feel less frustrated when using a PC. What about switching to Linux? Or not using a computer at all? It seems that innovation is usually brought into existence because it is demanded. Demand innovation. Paint the frame, then the gallery, then demolish the gallery, and force yourself to migrate your art onto the hull of a spaceship.

### Consider the opportunity cost-

If one of their options is to spend a minimum of \$700 on a Mac, could that money be used to solve the problem using a different option? Â What is the opportunity cost of all of your options. What opportunity are you giving up to make the current option you are considering?

Now assess the options. Borrow Mac from a friend and evaluate it for 10 dayâ€™s. Become more familiar with working in a PC environment(unfortunately this does mean learning a thing or two about basic maintenance). Start working through options to ease into the decision. Try the cheapest options first and consider setting a timeline that tells you when you will take the plunge.

Now build a new frame, the proper frame your new set of options deserve.Start to strategically migrate the options that seem least likely to solve the original problem to the outside, and sit back and appreciate the different features of each option you now have in front of you.

Left with a handful of reasonable options, including ones that you may have never considered, it is time to decide.

#### OVERVIEW

Framing is usually done without unconsciously, which means it relies on our deeper self, and does not provide a platform for our better options to breathe. We must destroy that frame and rebuild it around a set of options that includes the options that fell into the crowd of ideas that got instantly shoved aside when the problem presented itself.

Ask any question that pops into your head to try and get some off the wall ideas and solutions for handling the problem.

Take the obvious solution out of the picture all together and ask a new question such as: â€ś If solution x canâ€™t happen, what can I do instead to solve problem y?â€ť

Consider the opportunity cost: â€śWhat value would one decision give that another one wouldnâ€™t?â€ť

#### BONUS: How does this apply to the educational system?

Frame: Students must be tested and graded in order to ensure that they are learning, and that our teachers are doing their jobs.

What problem is this solving? We donâ€™t know if kids are learning, and if the teacher is doing their job.

#### Off the wall questions-

Who is the educational system for, the kids or the administrative board?

Why are schools all inside?

Why does every kid need to go to school?

What are they really getting from it?

What does the grading system measure?

Who benefits most from the grading system?

#### Remove the current solution all together-

In a school with no grading system how would teachers know that their students understand the material?

Give smaller tests on each subject and find out where kids are struggling and frame their concepts differently so they might have a better chance to understand the material.

Allow kids to work at their own pace and put more emphasis on challenging them to try new things.

#### Opportunity Cost-

What could the money that goes into testing and grading be used for?

It is estimated that 1.7 billion dollars is spent on testing every year which could easily be used to implement better programs that support learning.

By not grading, the teachers have more time to spend working with kids ensuring that they donâ€™t need help understanding the various concepts.

To read more about this issue be sure to check out my friend Sethâ€™s post.

Day 1 of the altMBA

Tue Jun 16 2015

It's 6:00 am Monday morning.

Like a little boy ready to open his presents on Christmas morning, I jump out of bed and onto the computer.

I scroll down to my first project: "Project 1: Make good decisions", and begin to read through the material. Without going into too much detail here is what I can conclude about a good decision.

## A good decision:

### Framing is the subconscious list of options that we give ourselves when looking at a decision

Here is a process you can take into your company, personal life, or anywhere you have a decision that needs to be made.

#### 5. Organize your priorities and don't proceed until the constituents agree.

A video from Seth on Decisions

How I use Google Drive to bridge the gap from mobile to home base and beyond

Wed Oct 01 2014

# First off,

### I want to note that this post is not meant to put down the alternatives to Google Drive. I am merely expressing my experience with the service, and a few things I did to get more out of the service.

I have been a Google Customer for a while now. I think that the first time I ever took advantage of the "Google Drive" before it was the cloud storage system it is today was in Gmail. All Gmail users had a certain amount of data they could use for storing email attachments and emails long term. The next time I used the service was when they introduced the Google Docs program.

I upgraded to the pro version of Google Drive, after a family reunion. My aunt was asking about ways we could share family photos with everyone in out family. I immediately thought of Google Drive as a potential solution, and signed up for the 500GB version for \$10 a month. I had kept it for a while, just using it as a tool for sharing photos with our family members. It wasn't until recently that I started using it to bridge the gap from the work I was doing at home, to the place that I would be working at the time.I don't want to keep ALL of my files on my computer I travel with. I want to be able to access them, but more importantly I want space on my laptop.

# The Setup

## Step 1- Clean up files

I needed to clean up my folders a bit. This meant looking over all of the files that could be moved, and moving them to the desired location. I have three main folders, and under that I had several individual folders for clients, and personal design projects. I deleted as much as I could to leave just the things that I am working on at the time. I hate having desktop icons. I feel like it is easier to have a cluttered file system when you just drag things to the open space, and don't take time to put them where they belong.

## Step 2- Create a "Temporary" Folder

This folder will be synced with both computers and hold anything you only want to store locally until it can be filed away to the appropriate cloud based location. Let's say you have a fairly large file that you need to work on today outside of your home base. You can download the file and save any changes to the temporary folder on your home base computer, or your mobile computer. Then when you are done needing it with you on the go, you can move it from the Google Drive web interface to another folder such as the next folder we will create: The "Cloud" Folder.

## Step 3- Create a "Cloud" folder

After setting up a Google Drive account, it's time to create your first Google Drive folder. Go to your Google Drive, and click the add new icon. Click folder and label it "Cloud". The purpose of this folder is to keep items that you don't need on either machine, but want to make sure you can access down the road. I personally don't use this too often, because I have plenty of space on my home machine. I do however store all of my Google Docs in it which is especially handy. I also keep a sub folder inside it that I share with family and friends who want to upload an entire photo album for everyone to see.

## Step 4- Create a Latest Work folder

The purpose of this folder will be to make sure you are synching only the bare necessities when you are on the go. Create it the same way you created the last folder from inside your Google Drive account. Remember: You can still access any of these files because they will be stored on Google Drive, right now we are focusing on just the folders that will be synced with your mobile computer.

## Step 5- Create system specific folders

I have one Mac Book Air for travel, and one custom built PC for work at home. You will want to have folders that are specific to the device you are working on, so that you can easily keep up with what you will need to have synced. From your Google Drive account, create folders with the name of the system they will be storing files for.